I don’t know (J’s idea)

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I really do not know what I am doing at the moment, or rather I do and it does not involve reference photographs. It is a fair little while since the last time this happened and as I may have mentioned elsewhere true creativity comes from within, making the cerebral juices flow and exercising the brain, the little bit it requires to make the imagination flow. I wonder if this new method of working will help with university work. No doubt that question will be answered in good time.

Other news, apart from starting a painting of The Madonna and Child and doing bits to some other bits of work, not much has happened. yesterday I wanted to write but painting took over and going with the flow = simplicity. Painting took over and now I have a lot of wet canvas sitting around the place, which ultimately means that something new must be started. Happily I am not starved of raw materials at this time, having recycled a load of old work a few weeks ago, which I did not like or was simply cr&p. I have a box load more sitting behind me that needs re-purposing sometime, into what I have no idea, that is the beauty of being an artist.

J is wending her way home right now,having been away for a little while having some R&R. I will be spending quite a while chatting with her over the next few days as we have been missing each other something chronic and there is only so much a phone call and often a not very private one at that can achieve. I have forgotten how much she can talk and it is so nice to have unbridled conversation with her, which is largely what we are doing right now.

Relax, and make a pot of Tea

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I have not written for a little while, I have been preoccupied doing other stuff.

Oils on paper WIP and work drying

a selection of oil based media drying out after being worked and other work drying before completion

As pretty much the whole world knows, we are in the grip of a new and potentially horrible disease, that is making lots of people unwell and sometimes killing them. it ought be remembered that diseases have been around since the time immemorial and sometimes diseases even kill people.

Just research Spanish Flu.

A few years ago, I dreamed a dream that there was a terrible plague doing the rounds and the Govt. had instructed everyone to stay home and preferably indoors. I am not certain if this applied to cats, nothing ever applies to cats does it. Anyway this dream went on as dreams do and the radio said people were dying and it was not looking so good. largely the same as things these last days and weeks.  fear is the biggest enemy and panicking is the second biggest for they go hand in hand. The panickers will strip the shops and leave the vulnerable with nothing. Just like in a disaster movie and i suspect this is the result of watching those type of films, especially for the ignorant and otherwise stupid members of society.

It is important in these troubling times to remain calm, to do as the Govt. (medical professionals) advise. take time to re-connect with family members, be creative, play board games, Turn off the TV and do the garden. Smile at your neighbours and wish them well. Speak to people (on the phone or via email) you have not spoken to for ages. Disconnect from fear and selfishness we are all in this together, even the rich and mighty amongst us get sick, fear respects no one and neither does disease. Tidy your home and go through your stuff, throw out what you don’t want anymore box it up and wait for a good day to take it to the charity store. Somebody will want your old stuff, learn to love yourself, your partner, your family members, your children that little bit more than you used to.

Easy for me to say?

The love of my life, my wife and my soulmate is currently in NY state, she is currently battling quite severe Mental health, has been very unwell of recent and has just been given the all clear for the Corona virus. However she is still unwell. We were due to have been together these last four weeks, twice we have had to cancel flights now and the pain of separation and uncertainty is unpleasant to say the least.

Turn off the TV, it only spreads fear and stops us communing with our nearest and dearest. Do the right thing and stay home. If you live alone (like me) then get on, provide structure to your day and maintain a positive attitude.IMG_20200320_132137